Feb 12, 2013 8:00pm EST
, a collaboration between new york public schools and city university of new york and i.b.m., students will graduate with a high school diplomat and an associates degree in computers or engineering. we need to give every american student opportunities like this. and four years ago, four years ago we started race to the top, a competition that convinced almost every state to develop smarter curricula and higher standards, all for about 1% of what we spend on education each year. tonight i'm announcing a new challenge, to redesign america's high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy and we'll reward schools that develop new partners with colleges and employers and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering and math. the skills today's employers are looking for to fill the jobs that are there right now and will be there in the future. . even with better high schools, most young people will need some higher education. a simple fact, the more education you've got, for more likely you are to have a good job and work your way into the middle class.